General Atomics (GA) has purchased Swiss-based small and medium enterprise electronics engineering firm Synopta for an undisclosed sum.

Synopta is engaged in strategic / technical consultancy, design and manufacture of opto-electronic equipment for space and ground-based applications.

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General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems Group president Scott Forney said: “Synopta’s pioneering expertise and innovative developments in communication, beam control, pointing assemblies, and stationary and transportable optical ground systems will supplement the diverse portfolio of laser communications, sensors, and ground systems, which enable delivery of dependable solutions to government and other customers.

“Synopta will continue to serve its European customer base but will expand now also to customers in the United States and other countries while contributing to GA’s systems and strategic objectives.”

As part of the acquisition agreement between the two companies, Synopta will establish a technical centre of excellence within the General Atomics group of companies.

It will operate under the new name ‘General Atomics Synopta’.

GA Synopta general manager Jens Kunde said: “We are excited about the perspectives resulting from this acquisition.

“While continuing to operate in the Canton of St Gallen as a Swiss company, we now have the opportunity to demonstrate the potential of true transatlantic co-operation in the hi-tech field.”

Synopta was founded in 2004 and has offices in Eggersriet, Switzerland.

Its customer base includes European organisations, national agencies, and global concerns that operate in the defence and space domains.

In April, General Atomics announced the acquisition of software engineering and data analytics company Commonwealth Computer Research (CCRi).